Holy Week is the perfect time to escape the city and spend some quality time relaxing with loved ones. Whatever your destination is, take note of these Holy Week travel tips to maintain a safe and hassle-free getaway.
Holy Week Travel Tips
Planning ahead will save you a lot of headache as you make your way to and from your destination. Check these tasks off your list before you go:
- Plan your trip.
It’s always better to have an itinerary so you don’t waste a minute of your precious Holy Week trip. Book everything in advance— from hotels to activities you want to do. Want to eat at a specific local restaurant? Call ahead and ask if they’re open on the day you’re planning to drop by.
- Get your car checked.
The last thing you need is for your car to break down on the road, especially when a lot of repair shops tend to be closed during this time. No matter if you’re going to the beach just a couple of hours away or driving for a full day toward a faraway province, get a comprehensive auto check-up a week or two before your travel date.
Ask them to go over the tires, battery, engine, windshield wipers, lights, and all other part of your ride is working properly. If necessary, go for an oil change and replace fluids to ensure that your car is in tiptop shape.
- Pack an emergency kit.
Emergencies can strike at any time during the Holy Week, so you need to be as prepared as possible. Fill your on-the-road emergency kit with antibiotics, adhesive bandages, cotton balls and swabs, alcohol, pain relievers, antiseptic swaps, and other first-aid kit essentials.
In addition, check if everyone has their prescribed medications and vitamins. Consider packing medications for common issues while traveling, such as anti-nausea pills for car sickness and meds for sensitive stomachs.
- Secure your home.
According to statistics, Holy Week is prime time for burglaries thanks to so many unattended homes. Remember to double-check all doors and windows before you leave. Turn off and unplug all appliances and electronics.
If you’ll be away on an extended period, consider asking a neighbour or trusted friend to check your house from time. Got security cameras? See if everything is in working order so you can monitor your home wherever you are.
- Get a good night’s sleep.
Everyone who’s designated to drive should get at least eight hours of sleep before departure. Keep in mind that sleepiness on the wheel is a major cause of car accidents. A well-rested driver is a defensive and focused driver, so avoid staying up late the night before.
- Get an early start.
Schedule your departure as early as possible, perhaps even a day or two before the rush if your schedules allow. Severely congested roads are an inevitable part of Holy Week given that there are tens of thousands of people traveling at once. Avoid traffic as much as you can by getting an early start.
Enjoy a Safe and Pleasant Holy Week
A bit of advanced planning will go a long way toward peaceful Holy Week traveling. The less time you need to waste dealing with issues on the road, the more time you can spend with your loved ones.